Dental Dams Beginner’s Guide | Oral Sex Tips

Dental Dams Beginner’s Guide | Oral Sex Tips

By Cara Sutra

What are dental dams and how do you use them? That’s exactly why I wanted to write this dental dams beginner’s guide. Dental dams are an adult and sex product that is quite often misunderstood. They are also under represented and not often talked about, even in sex blogging and sexual advice circles. It took some digging to find a sexual supplies shop on the internet that sold them at all – however, they are out there. By the end of this article you will understand their role in sex as well as how you can obtain some for yourself.

What Are Dental Dams?

Firstly, we’re not talking about expressing surprise when you realise you need a filling. Damn! Dental dams are very thin pieces of latex, or sometimes non-porous and non-transmissible non-latex material in a rectangular shape. Dental dams were originally used in dental work, hence the origin of their name. The thin sheet of latex would be placed over the patient’s mouth and the tooth worked on put in an isolation zone where saliva couldn’t interact or contaminate the relevant area.

Dental Dams Beginner’s Guide | Oral Sex Tips

Why Would You Use A Dental Dam?

In this enlightened time of safe sex, one might choose to use dental dams when engaging in various sexual activities with partners of unknown previous sexual history or current sexual health. In other words, a new partner or a one night stand. They might be used when sorting out a new fuck buddy, or ‘friends with benefits’ – and you’re not really at the stage of flinging yourself head first into a lifelong commitment nor have you asked them to get checked out at the local STI clinic. You may not have handed over your ‘sexual history papers’ for inspection either.

It happens, and we all know it. You’re on a night out and you pull that hot piece of ass you’ve been eyeing up all night. Or perhaps you’ve hooked up with someone who’s been a friend for a while, and you’re suddenly in sex territory rather than sharing an afternoon on the Xbox. Whatever the case may be, it frequently occurs that two (or sometimes more!) people are in the right frame of mind for sexual fun but it’s not exactly conducive to the atmos to whack out a home STI kit.

How Do You Use A Dental Dam?

The thin sheet of latex (or other, similar but non-latex) material is placed over the woman’s vulva region or over the sexual partner’s anal area before performing oral sex on the woman or before rimming (performing oral stimulation) on the male or female’s anal area and entrance.

Dental Dams Beginner’s Guide | Oral Sex Tips


Consequently, there is a barrier form of protection between the stimulation giver’s mouth and the recipient’s genital regions. As a result, there is a prevention of the spread of sexually transmitted infections.

What Are The Risks From Not Using A Dental Dam?

When performing cunnilingus (oral sex, for these purposes on a woman) or rimming (oral sex to the anal area of a man or woman) with a partner who is new to you and/or you don’t know their sexual history, there’s a risk of transmitting sexual infections if you don’t use a barrier method of protection.

Dental Dams Beginner’s Guide | Oral Sex Tips

Cunnilingus (oral sex, for this purpose we’re talking about on a woman) carries notably less risk of transmitting STI’s than performing rimming. Rimming is the anal stimulation to either gender using the mouth. Furthermore, there is an increased risk of passing hepatitis A as well as many other illnesses due to bacteria and parasites in this way.

Where Can You Buy Dental Dams? How Much Do They Cost?

You could make your own dental dams at home, using an ordinary condom. This is done by snipping the end off a condom and slicing up through one side of the resulting cylinder, then open out into a flat piece of latex (or similar non-latex material). However, condoms are usually pre-treated with lubricant and sometimes a nasty tasting spermicide.

Dental dams aren’t overly expensive and they can be bought discreetly online. In addition, they’re slightly larger than condom packets but still flat, so you could keep a couple in your wallet or handbag when you go out.

Dental Dams Beginner’s Guide | Oral Sex Tips

Adult supplies shops such as sex toy shopping websites and sexual health shops will stock dental dams. A great example is Freedoms Shop in the UK. This NHS initiative project promotes sexual well being, enjoyment and safe sex. Read my introduction to Freedoms Shop here.

Freedoms Shop were kind enough to supply me with many different dental dams, as you can see in the photos. Find the dental dams at Freedoms Shop right here. I had great fun exploring them for my research and even trying them out as you can see. The material is thin and dry. They are not like the slipperiness of a condom, which would be icky to use over the mouth during sex. You can even get flavoured dental dams to add some extra fun to your oral sex and rimming sessions.

Buy the Mixed Flavour Dental Dams (x36) here for £23.60 and the Non-Latex Dental Dams (x15) here for £19.99 [edit January 2017: sadly, the non-latex dental dams are no longer available at Freedoms Shop].

Furthermore, the Mixed Flavour Dental Dams are also available here at Lovehoney for £26.99.

I’ll review one of your fine dental dams for you, Cara!

Why, thank you very much. Email me if you would like to try out a dental dam or two. Make sure you let me know which ones you’d like. Hopefully you can provide a couple of paragraphs feedback to be published here as a review. I’ll cover all postage to you (anywhere in the world). In addition, the review will contain a link back to your blog if you have one.

Update: All the dental dams have now been assigned & reviewed! Thanks for your help, everyone.

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